Ever used drop-box, well, imagine drop-box on Facebook. On 10th Wednesday July, Simon Hossell launched Pipe, a peer-to-peer file-sharing app for Facebook along the lines of Dropbox. The beauty about Pipe is that it’s a simple way for people to share big files on Facebook, a service that Facebook had not provided. The Pipe app allows users to simply drag and drop a file for a friend to receive it directly
“We’ve worked really hard to make Pipe this simple,” Simon Hossell, founder and chief executive of Pipe, said in a statement. “We’ve made the technology invisible.”
The company took its time in beta, laboring since May 2012 with a smaller cohort of users, to work out bugs and raise funds.
It works for any type of file up to 1 gigabyte. That’s enough space for around 15 hours of music or even some shorter full-length movies. It’s done in real time, but if the receiving friend is offline, the file can be retrieved later from a locker. That locker can only store 100 megabytes, but there’s no limit on the number of lockers available to a given user.
And the files aren’t passing through Facebook, instead going directly from one computer to the other, keeping privacy worries related to the network at bay.
The App became available on the Facebook App Center at 6 a.m on Wednesday 10th. The other advantage is that the receiver does not need to have the app, if a sender has the app, then that’s all. That means usage is likely to spread virally, as one friend sends files to another, who automatically gets the app in order to download the files. Pipe is desktop-bound for now, but a mobile version is said to be in the works.
Just drag & drop a file into the Pipe and your friend receives it, magically. Pipe creates a direct & secure connection between your two computers. So with Pipe you can transfer a file quickly & easily – and it stays private. Support for all file formats, up to 1GB.
Go to app: https://www.facebook.com/appcenter/pipeapp
Upgraded TECNO SPARK 3 Series with AI Bright Camera launched.
Upgraded TECNO SPARK 3 Series with AI Bright Camera launched.
By Staff Writer
It’s that time of the year when phone manufacturing companies come up with different handset models. TECNO Uganda has today officially launched its newest Series smartphones, the TECNO Spark and the Spark 3 Pro at Sheraton Hotel.
According to Tecno, the two new handset Models are said to be the latest of the Spark Series with improved Camera features among other awesome things. The Camera comes with Artificial intelligence technology (AI Tech) as opposed to their predecessors that is the Spark 2 and 2 Pro.
Both phones run a 9.0 pie Android operating system with a 6.2-inch display LCD capacitive touchscreen with a Trendy and classy appearance. The phones come with improved storage capacity and run 4G LTE.
Definitely the new Series tick the boxes its predecessors failed to.
Some of the Specifications of the spark 3 include:
- 6.2-inch capacitive display touch screen with an aspect ratio of 19:9
- Runs Android 9.0 pie operating system (pre-installed on the phone)
- 4G LTE
- Face ID
- 32GB internal storage
- Quad-core 2.5GHz Media Tek Helio A22 with up to 2GB RAM minimises lagging of applications and renders multi-tasking possible respectively.
- Finger print Sensor
- 3,500 mAh Li-ion battery
- 8MP selfie camera and 13MP + 2MP rear cameras with a LED flash for Bright and better Crisp pictures in poorly lit areas.
Other specifications include Bluetooth V5.0, 3.5mm earphone jack, Wi-Fi, sensors i.e. fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, G-sensor and Ambient Light sensor, powerVR GE8320 GPU stationed on the phone chip provides quality graphics.
“The success of these latest series Spark 3 and 3 Pro respectively is deemed to surpass its predecessors” narrated the Tecno mobile Uganda Marketing Manager, Gladys Liu speaking at the launch at Sheraton Hotel.
These comments come in review with a positive shift in the sales performance of the Spark 2 and 2pro
The Tecno Spark 3 Series are available in 4 colors; Midnight Black, Bordeaux Red, Aqua blue and champagne Gold.
The smartphones are now up for sale in various smartphone online stores and shops with price tag of UGX429,000 and UGX 489,000 respectively effective of today Monday 6th 2019.
New hair brand launched in Uganda
By Our Reporter
Brenda Atai, a Ugandan beauty entrepreneur based in the UK, has launched her hair brand in Uganda. Dubbed “Ms Atai”, it was unveiled during an intimate cocktail evening held at Holy Crepe on Tuesday.
Speaking at the launch, Atai revealed that she has always been passionate about making hair and now wants to share her passion with the rest of the world.
“I have always loved my hair and taken pride in it. I want to share my knowledge with my fellow Ugandan women,” she said. “I want them to feel confident and empowered whenever they wear my hair brand.”
The hair brand which was started in London in November last year comprises of premium virgin human hair in a variety of styles such as curly short bobs and straight shoulder skimming tresses among others.
According to Atai, every wig is hand custom-made and currently only available on her online store. “Each piece is created by hand because every customer is different, and I want each of them to feel special,” she added.
Meanwhile, she plans to eventually set up a beauty shop where customers can get all-hair products as well as salon services.
New WhatsApp update stops users from taking screenshots of private chats
A new WhatsApp update seems set to stop people screenshotting their private conversations.
It doesn’t appear to block someone taking screengrabs of your chats, perhaps to avoid them being shared with other people, according to WABetaInfo, the blog that first reported on the changes. Instead, it means that you turn on the app’s highest security settings, you won’t be able to take grabs of your own.
The change comes as part of an authentication feature that has been long rumoured but is yet to appear within WhatsApp. That feature allows people to set fingerprint access to conversations, adding a further layer of security so that people can’t get access to your phone and read or send private messages.
However, enabling that fingerprint security feature also turns on the conversation screenshot blocking option, meaning that it isn’t possible to take pictures of your own chats.
It is not clear why the feature works that way, and WABetaInfo expressed confusion about the way it works.
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